good piece from the other place
"He'll get tired an take his money elsewhere"
"Your club are not building for the future by buying big names"
"There's no youth structure or chance for players from Manchester."
"You have no history and will make none."
"Playing unfair with FFP"
We've had news articles slamming us, praising us, seeing our vision, reports on our rise, forums about us killing chances for youth players, anything and everything that could have been written, has been inscribed or typed somewhere or other.
Manchester City ruining football since 2008.
So, we've barely had ten years of leadership by ADUG/CFG and the results to date have been impressive. We've gone places. There are more things than the below, I'm sure - and some things we haven't directly done but have been heavily influenced by MCFC's presence in East Manchester. Is there anything else in the timeline of a wonderful few years that deserves inclusion?
1/9/2008: Abu Dhabi Utd Group takeover completed. A partnership with the Right to Dream Academy which allows them to cherry-pick the best talent from the academy once players graduate. Stories have circulated that City bought the academy and own it outright, though if this is true it has never been publicised.
1/9/08: Transfer deadline spectacular.
May 2009: Etihad sponsors MCFC. Nike-owned Umbro stepped in as brand supplier for the club's kits. Umbro instantly deliver three well-designed kits.
2008/09 season: City move up from 6th to 5th best average attended Premier League club.
09/10 season: pre-season games feature commercial and prestigious games, with a victory at Barcelona a particular highlight.
2009/10 season: City move up from 5th to 3rd best average attended Premier League club.
4/6/09: City announce ten year partnership with kit suplier Umbro. Umbro, once of the Humphreys brothers ownership, maintains a massive link with City once again. Like the brothers who followed MCFC, City "have a Manchester brand for a Manchester team."
5/6/09: City fans help launch the new kits. Bitter & Blue as well as Blue Moon forum get in n the action. Kid British feature at the kit launch. Umbro's take on Blue moon T-shirts appear. Posters and banners appear all over to annouce the new shirts.
15/6/09: Umbro reconnect with fans and push wide open the historic club crest debate.
July 2009: The notorious "Welcome to Manchester" banner greets Carlos Tevez's arrival to England's second city. ("Not in my lifetime.")
14/7/09: City and Umbro show off some fancy street art.
16/7/09: The Arndale City Store relaunches.
17/7/09: Live from City gig at Eastland's car park. A free gig for fans to launch City's new kits.
18/7/09: The Arndale City Store relaunches. The refit is bold and engaging.
18/8/09: City and Umbro launch the Umbro Playlist offering fans the chance to select matchday music.
18/8/09: Etihad Stadium increase plans revealed.
2010: Under the terms of their agreement, Sporting Portugal signed with Manchester City a deal that they had previously had with Manchester United, to grant City first option on their players, specifically with a view to their youth talent.
2010: Strømsgodset IF, KV Mechelen and NEC Nijmegen join as a work permit club
19/1/10: City launch Heart of The City, starting in Abu Dhabi. "To recognise those people and places around the world" who gather and watch City.
4/5/10: FourSquare (an app allowing fans to check in at places) is to be launched at City.
12-28/5/10: City upgrade corporate facilities and the football pitch.
July 2010: City unveil new away kit in New York.
7/8/2010: Platt Lane training complex upgraded.
17/9/2010: Blue Moon Rising movie is released at Manchester's Printworks.
10/11 season: After more than £126 million of player investment, City kick off the season. Numerous commercial pre-season tournaments had been entered.
19/10/10: City Square opens. Chefs Marco Pierre-White and John Benson launch the Blue Moon Cafe. Fast food is made from locally sourced produce.
October 2010: Stadium lease was renegotiated. Manchester City will pay Manchester City Council £3 million a year rather than paying half the revenue over 35,000 ticket sales which amounted to approximately £2 million
19/11/10: Market Street flagship store opens, replacing the tucked away Arndale store.
December 2010: Etihad opened its premium lounge at Manchester airport, caked in MCFC decor.
20/12/10: City launch iPhone app following consultation with fans.
25/2/11: MCFC reopen the memorial garden following a refurbishment.
16/4/11: City's 2nd semi-final appearance in as many years. At Wembley.
4/5/11: City's pitch receives major award, after 5/9 previous seasons being nominated without reward. Premier League Groundsman of The Year.
12/5/11: City unveil special FA Cup Final edition shirt, in keeping with tradition of showcasing the Manchester crest.
23/5/11: FA Cup homecoming event held at Albert Square, continuing on to the City of Manchester Stadium. Players unveil next season's away shirt.
19/5/11: Fans given the chance to bid on auction prizes online using only points. Superbia, Platinum and Gold tiered memebership introduced.
14/5/11: City's first final appearance at the new Wembley and first call to the national stadium since 1999.
21/5/11: Stadium hosts Play Off Final for Conference League.
Summer 2011: Seasoncards are enabled to be customised online.
July 2011: Etihad fly Blue Moon Rising aircraft globally. The City of Manchester Stadium name is changed to ETIHAD STADIUM as part of a monumental and groundbreaking 10 year kit sponsorship deal.
July 2011: City join the World Football Challenge and Dublin Super Cup in a range of commercially beneficial pre-season friendlies.
15/7/11: Liam Gallagher unveils City's new home shirt.
Summer 2011: Pet Shop Boys and Take That play the Etihad Stadium.
7/8/11: City's third appearance at Wembley. Prior to this year the last visits were 1999, 1986 and 1981.
19/8/11: City are third in the UK grounds visited most by overseas fans.
September 2011: St Bedes Education programme starts.
2011: Espanyol and City have an agreement that involves loaning out youth players from Man City to Espanyol, and Espanyol getting first notice on players who are surplus to requirements at City.
11/12 season: Umbro incorporate Blue Moon soundwave into well thought of home kit. The away strip saw a return to the red-and-black stripes, the traditional Manchester City away colours that were famously introduced by the club's former co-manager Malcolm Allison in the 1960s
19/11/11: City run out of chips at the ground. The game against Newcastle goes on as per normal. A tannoy announcement breaks the bad news. Boos and chants follow. Fans survive.
2012: BK Häcken join as a work permit club
11&25/1/12: City again reach a domestic cup semi-final.
21/4/12: City bid for permanent stadium entertainment license. This will allow 11pm endings and 63,000 spectators.
25/4/12: City ask fans how to launch their new kits.
26/4/12: City Ladies accepted into WSL.
9/5/2012: An agreement was signed on 9 May 2012 for Gil Vicente to share their scouting network with Manchester City, granting CFG more specialised access to the Portuguese market, primarily for youth talent, while also allowing Gil Vicente to benefit from the group's more global reach.
14/5/12: City parade their first ever Premier League trophy in Manchester.
26&27/5/12: Manchester City host RFL's Magic Weekend. This is the first time it has been held in England.
Summer 2012: Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen play the Etihad Stadium.
10/7/2: City fan sends the new home shirt to space.
27/7/12: Show Your City (City and Umbro) allows a fan from Beijing to premier the new City away shirt.
27/7/12: City face Arsenal in a friendly held at Beijing's Bird Nest Stadium. Many other commercial friendlies are present once again.
12/8/12: With Wembley closed due to London 2012 Olympics, City play Chelsea at Villa Park acting as the national stadium.
28/8/2012: City Ladies officially becomes part of MCFC.
14/9/2012: After over a year of consultation, City Football Academy permissions and construction contracts complete. Construction began immediately. Local economic benefits are evident. Regeneration follows.
16/10/12: Best Fan Innovation award received from VisitFootball (VisitEngland) for City Square and the Family Stand.
11/2/2013: Etihad Campus Metrolink station and Velopark Metrolink station opened.
14/4/13: City's 4th trip to Wembley since 2011.
11/5/13: City's 5th trip to Wembley since 2011.
7/5/2013: New York City FC is founded.
2013: Ghana FC links in with MCFC. Each season their respective technical staff pool knowledge related to training players. Limerick signed a scouting network partnership agreement with City mainly owing to their desire to access the pool of talent coming from the Right to Dream Academy, whom City have a long-term understanding with. Consequently, Limerick will bring in a couple of young African players from the Academy every season.
2013: Djurgårdens IF join as a work permit club
2013: Beswick community hub Connell Sixth Form College opened.
2013: As part of a partnership with LG, the club upgrades the giant stadium screens.
13/14 season: Nike replaces Umbro as club brand supplier.
April 2013: Velocity starts at Manchester's Velodrome.
25&26/5/13: Manchester City host RFL's Magic Weekend.
4/6/13: Manchester City announced a three-year agreement with Mpumalanga Black Aces of the South African Premier Soccer League to serve as their regional youth development partner. Under the agreement, the Black Aces will benefit from coaching links with and visits to and from Manchester City, while they will also serve as a regional centre of CFG's global youth development network and as a conduit for spreading Manchester City's name and style of football within their country. The agreement was signed a month before a Manchester City tour to South Africa.
Summer 2013: Muse, Bon Jovi and Robbie Williams play the Etihad Stadium.
Summer 2013: City Live at Manchester Central (GMEX) is launched. A pre-season concert and player presentation.
14&18/7/13: City are invited to the Football Invitational in support of Mandela Day amongst many highly commercial pre-season friendlies.
2014: City Football Group founded.
2014: Beswick community hub Beswick Leisure Centre opened.
2014: Manchester City WFC squad became entirely professional.
2014: under 11 National champions beating AJAX , ARSENAL , BARCA ans Chelsea on the way
8&21/1/14: City in domestic semi-final action again.
23/1/2014: Manchester City Women's Football Club replacing MCFC Ladies.
23/1/2014: CFG aquire 80% of Melbourne Heart, changing the club to Melbourne City FC in due course.
February 2014: This is the first season in our history we've arrived at February, competing on 4 fronts.
2/3/14: City's 6th trip to Wembley since 2011.
March 2014: Phase 1 of the Etihad Stadium expansion began.
17/4/14: NYCFC start academy.
14/5/14: The Etihad Tournament kicks off offering fans a chance to play on Etihad Stadium turf. City in the Community sees the benefit.
17&18/5/14: Manchester City host RFL's Magic Weekend. Attendance records smashed.
20/5/2014: City Football Group had invested in a minority share of Yokohama F. Marinos, creating a partnership with both the football club and car manufacturer Nissan.
May 2014: Phase 2 of the stadium expansion was underway.
13/14 season: Away Fans initiative launched with the Club offering travelling fans half price tickets to selected games and free coach travel to several games.
June 2014: City recognised as 4th most valuable football brand globally by Brand Finance Football.
Summer 2014: One Direction play the Etihad Stadium.
Summer 2014: City Live at Manchester Central (GMEX) returns.
Summer 2014: Manchester City has maintained its commitment to affordability by providing supporters with a range of pricing options, including the cheapest season ticket in the Barclays Premier League, at £299.
21/7/14: Cityzens membership scheme replaces previous supporter schemes.
August 2014: MCFC supported LGBT Supporters Club ‘Canal Street Blues’ and the ‘Gay Football Supporters Network’ (GFSN) by sponsoring their activities at Manchester Pride. Club also raised the rainbow flag outside the Etihad Stadium for the first time ever.
10/8/14: City's 7th trip to Wembley since 2011.
September 2014: HRH Princess Anne paid a visit to City in the Community in September 2014. The first royal visit to Eastlands since HRH Queen Elizabeth II attended the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
September 2014: Connell Sixth Form College is founded by MCFC as a Free school sixth form. Provides further depth and higheer education ties to City's links with St Bedes.
October 2014: New CityMatchday App launched.
15/10/14: City awarded Premier League/VisitFootball’s Club of the Year and Warmest Welcome awards
20/11/14: Cityzens Giving launched. "£400,000 has been donated from City Football Group and its partners and you, the fans of Manchester City FC, decide how funds are split by voting for your favourite project."
27/11/14: bridge between CFA and Etihad stadium opens.
8/12/14: Tony Book, club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne officially open the City Football academy. Our men’s, women’s and youth teams came together to train at the same site in the shadow of the Etihad Stadium. 66% of the 169 academy players are from Greater Manchester.
14/12/2014: CFG open Etihad Campus/City Football Acadmey. Students of Manchester Metropolitan University host the first game.
December 2014: Due to the recent development, the Club had helped to create a total of 225 full time jobs in Greater Manchester.
By December 2014: CFA site has 2000 new mature trees planted. CFA generates 80% of water use from storage tank beneath site. 80 acres of brownfield site occupied. 46 acres of managed grass, wildflower anf meadow landscape. Economic benefits. See Responsible Corporate Structure report.
December 2014: Cityzens vote on names of Academy area roads.
2015: As a condition for their continuing existence in Major League Soccer, New York City FC along with all MLS clubs are expected to either affiliate with or own and operate a club competing in United Soccer League (USL). Rather than opting to field their own B-team, NYCFC signed a one-year affiliation with Wilmington Hammerheads of North Carolina. Their association involves close cooperation on training and player scouting, as well as a league-mandated commitment for at least four players to be loaned to the USL side.
2015: CFG found Melbourne City FC (W-League)
2015: City Football Schools expands, two new sites were launched in Abu Dhabi, one on the New York University – Abu Dhabi campus and the other at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
2015: City Football Schools launch City Football Language educational initiative.
2015: Under 13 National champions
January 2015: City host a Junior Cityzens event, a press conference held by children and young fans.
January 2015: FXPRIMUS join a growing list of MCFC partners.
February 2015: Android CityMatchday App launched. First of the kind globally for football fans.
24/2/15: City set up a mini-City Square at Manchester Piccadilly train station ahead of Champions League game against Barcelona.
25/2/15: Manchester Rangers RLFC move to the Regional Athletic Stadium, next door, attracted by the venue's potential as part of the Etihad Campus and SportCity.
February 2015: CFG open CFA Melbourne.
April 2015: Community Wall at the City Football Academy revealed, showing ‘the football effect’.
20/4/15: The U18s made the Youth Cup final for the first time since 2008, only to be defeated by reigning champions Chelsea in one of the best attended games ever at the Academy Stadium, with over 6,400 people.
8/5/15: MCFC EDS squad win the inaugral Premier League International Cup.
May 2015: The first Manchester City FC Americas Cup was played in San Diego. The tournament was part of a new five-year partnership with Surf Soccer Club, with 4,500 players aged 10-17 participating, and over 25,000 visitors.
May 2015: 19 million Facebook likes. [USER=1672]@mcfc[/USER] twitter account has 2.5 million likes. City’s YouTube channel is now the third most watched of any football club in the world.
14/15 season: CFA and City push and encourage their staff like no tomorrow. See report.
14/15 season: £3m donated to Beswick Swimming Pool project.
14/15 season: First Premier League Club recognised as a Duke of Edinburgh assessment centre.
14/15 season: Ten players from our development system earned first team debuts in 2014-15.
14/15 season: Manchester City FC delivered a profit of £10.7m from record annual revenues of £351.8m and a seventh straight year of year-on-year revenue growth. See the Chairman report. "we are now a profitable business with no debt and no outstanding restrictions."
14/15 season: Youth teams produced another year of stellar results with our U10, U13 and U14 sides all securing silverware and our U15 team winning two international tournaments. CEO report.
14/15 season: The academy celebrated one of its most successful periods to date, with accolades for every age group, most notably National Championships for the U10 and U13s.
The U10s also won the National Futsal Championship, and the U14s were crowned winners of the inaugural Premier League National Cup. The U15 teams won two European tournaments, the Mecup in Barcelona and Neon Cup in Greece, with players Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden named as player of the tournaments respectively.
14/15 season: More than 9000 fans commit to £100 down payment for the newly expanded stadium seasoncards.
14/15 season: Manchester City’s international digital and social media presence gains momentum. A kind of B-of-the-Bang style report can be found here.
14/15 season: City's regional and international partnerships rocket in size. Commerical partners retain and enoy tight links to future stars and club supporters.
14/15 season: City in the Community’s work delivered almost 15,000 hours of project activities in Manchester, leading to more than 200,000 face-to-face contacts across all activities. CITC raised a total of £1.3 million.
June 2015: Club installs LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.
July 2015: City host Global Young Leader Summit.
July 2015: City launch dedicated e-commerce systems in Asia. More than 40 countries globally now have their own City shop online or equivilent. Club's licensing programme brought in-house.
Summer 2015: City Live at Manchester Central (GMEX) returns.
27/7/2015: Vietnam host MCFC in a historic game.
2014/15: City move up to 6th richest football club globally. [report released by the Football Money League in October 2016]
6/8/15: Nexen Tires partner MCFC.
August 2015: CFG completes 100% takeover of Melbourne City FC.
16/8/15: South Stand expansion opens. 93:20 hospitality opens. In this season Premium Seats and Joe's open in terms of added hospitality capability.
17/9/15: Blues on The Green is heavily promoted for club charity City In The Community. The annual golf tournament is gathering momentum.
27/9/15: The Blue Moon Circle opens.
10/10/15: Rugby World Cup game hosted at Etihad Stadium.
October 2015: The President of the People’s Republic of China, President Xi Jinping, visited the City Football Academy in Manchester. This was the first time that a Chinese President had visited any British city except London on an official state visit.
1/12/15: City Football China is founded following investment from Chinese backers. This joins the depths of CFG's businesses in City Football Marketing, City Football Services, City Football Japan, & City Football Singapore. An office in Kuala Lumpar and London are also on the long list [Thanks, Ped!]
6/12/2015: The 6th edition of the City Santa Stroll.
26/12/15: New crest unveiled, developed via a consultation with fans over 30 days. Record modern day club attendance set at 54,523.
28/12/15: The Melbourne City Women's team crowned premiers in first season. [Thanks, Billymumphrey!]
30/12/15: City Legends and a current Women's team star feature in the New Year Honour's list.
6&28/1/16: City appear in their fifth domestic cup semi-final in 6 years.
January 2016: Five NYCFC players have their pre-season training with City's EDS team.
18/1/2016: City offer Mandarin language tours to fans from China and beyond.
31/1/16: Melbourne City WFC wrap up 14 wins in the to earn the Australian W-League Championship 2015/16 title.
26/1/16: City with Henley Investments/Virgin Trains launch City in the City Express.
1/2/16: Not to be outdone on deadline day, Manuel Pellegrini announces he will see out his contract in June. The club move swiftly to announce Pep Guardiola shall be his succesor. A manager who to date has lost just 19 league games from 239 played. Huge statement of intent recognised by fans and media alike.
February 2016: This is the second season in our history we've come this far competing on all 4 fronts.
5/2/16: The Manchester Institue of Health & Performance opens, offering groundbreaking first of it's kind facilities regionally and nationally. Brian Marwood, "“It has been a long-standing objective of City Football Group to develop our research into health and performance and this new resource will allow us to make this a reality." Expect those sack races on school sports day to get a little tougher.
February 2016: Let's Not Forget Past Blues unveil a plaque at Mary D's Bar to remember those no longer with us.
6/2/16: City hold a first ever Chinese New Year themed celebration.
7/2/16: City announce first MCWFC OSC. Chairperson Sarah Bland and already has 55 members.
16/2/16: City U10's win Premier League Futsal league.
17/2/16: MCWFC and Melbourne City WFC take part in enterprising pre-season football tournament. The first meeting between two senior CFG clubs. City embrace Random Acts of Kindness Day. City join forces with new media hosting/website partner Wix.com.
20/2/16: City U18's land northern aspect of the national title.
24/2/16: City's training base visited by royalty.
28/2/16: City's 8th trip to Wembley since 2011 (it could have been 9 but for one game played at Villa Park). City's fourth domestic cup final. Overall MCFC have had 19 visits to Wembley in their history (The 1926 FA Cup Final being the first; in 1981 we had two visits and there has been the Full Members Cup too). Everton have been 20 times; Spurs 27 (4 pre-season games); Chelsea 29 (one FL War Cup game); Liverpool will have their 38th trip to Wembley (two were pre-season games); ManUre 45; Arsenal 49 [but they played 14 "other" games over 6 friendlies, 6 Champions League games and two FL War Cup games). Still City're heading forwards...
9/3/16: CITC host 2nd annual Disability Awareness Festival.
10/3/16: U15s win Northern Floodlit Cup. "another feather in the cap of the Academy, which has seen the U18s crowned champions of the North league and the U10s named National Futsal Champions."
19-20/3/16: City attend BPL Live event in Cape Town, South Africa.
20/3/16: City host official televised game watching events in China (Shenzhen and Beijing).
21/3/16: MCWFC offer hospitality.
22/3/16: City sign Soccerworld as Official Recreational Soccer Partner in China.
23/3/16: City announce pre-season game in Beijing against Man U****d. City will play a game in Shenzhen against Borussia Dortmund on the 28th of July too.
April 2016: MCWFC awarded FA Regional Talent Club Tier One status alongside 9 other clubs nationally.
7/4/16: City welcome aboard a new partner.
17/4/16: MCWFC face Chelsea in the FA Women's Cup semi-final (a second successive season in the semi-finals).
23/4/16: City in the Community and the National Cycling Centre will host the 4th year edition of Velocity.
25/4/16: City U13s were crowned as national champions after winning the Premier League International Tournament this past weekend.
26/4/16: City will appear in their first Champions League semi-final and their first semi-final in European football since 1971.
27/4/16: City Youth team face Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup final (a final appearance for the second consecutive season).
2/5/16: Gumball Rally 3000 hosted at Etihad Stadium, as it passes from Dublin to Bucharest via Belfast, Edinburgh, Prague and Budapest.
3/5/16: City's U18 squad land the Premier League U-18 national title.
6/5/16: Yet another sponsorship deal in China is announced. To celebrate the new partnership, PAK Lighting hosted a special conference at in Guangzhou attended by Sun Jihai, former Manchester City FC player and current Club Ambassador to China.
22/5/16: City's Etihad Stadium hosts the FA national team for the first time since 2004.
22/5/16: "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen performs at The Etihad Stadium.
28-30/5/16: Manchester City is delighted to announce the return of the Americas Cup, taking place between the 28 and 30 May, 2016, in San Diego.
31/5/16: City sign Wolf Blass and he isn't even German.
May 2016: The return of the Etihad Stadium tournament for fans.
Summer 2016: CFA starting to blossom.
Summer 2016: City link up with Dutch side NEC Breda in a 5-year development plan.
15/16 season: A total of 28 academy players represented their national teams [between U15-U18 levels], including 18 players for England.
15/16 season: City Football Schools now reaching 5,500 students across 8 countries/regions.
15/16 season: New OSC portal launched and City appoint a dedicated Supporters Club Manager.
15/16 season: City land place in UK Top 30 Places To Work for category Large Businesses.
15/16 season: CFA noted to home butterflies, moths, dormice and birds on once polluted East Manchester land.
15/16 season: City install new waste to water system. All water is reused at the Etihad Stadium and CFA.
July 2016: New website launched.
Summer 2016: Stone Roses played the Etihad Stadium.
Summer 2016: New crest adopted and manager unveiled in two day football festival at CFA.
Summer 2016: New away shirts unveiled in Beijing.
4/9/16: MCWFC reach the final of the Continental Cup, to be held at the CFA
25/9/16: A record MCWFC attendance of 4096 witnesses MCWFC lift the WSL League 1 title.
2/10/16: MCWFC win Continental Cup final.
4/10/16: England's U17's feature five City academy players, and lift the Croatia Cup (after emphatic wins over Germany, Greece and Croatia).
October 2016: Manchester City's partners & sponsors (regionally and globally) expand to include the following: Aabar, Arabtec, Astra, Betsafe, Digicel, EA SPORTS, Etihad, Etisalat, First Gulf Bank, Hays, Healthpoint, Heineken, Jiwasraya, LG, Nexen, Nike, Nissan, Pak Lighting, PZ Cussons, QNET, SAP, SHB Bank, Soccerworld, Star Beer, TCA Abu Dhabi, Tecate, Tempobet, UBTECH, Veqta, Vitality, Wega, Wix, Whaley Technology, Wolf Blass.
Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, “We are constantly moving in the right direction financially as a club and that’s one of the things I’m particularly proud of.
October 2016: Manchester City launch a GIPHY account. Once again expanding their global presence on social media.
9/10/12: The Mirror pens a positive piece on City's "football factory." It notes the 11 debuts to youth players since the CFA opened 21 months ago.
10/10/12: City U15's lift Premier League International Trophy.
11/10/12: Virgin Trains give 20% discount to Cityzens.
12/10/16: MCWFC progress to last 16 of UEFA Women's Champions League, in their debut season of European footballing competition.
18/10/16: City publish annual report.
"Manchester City reports a £20.5m profit and record revenues of £391.8million in the latest annual report - the eighth successive season of improved year on year financial performance."
9or10&16or17/11/16: MCWFC play Last 16 knock out tie of UEFA Women's Champions League.
30/11/16: City scoop European Diversity Awards company of the year award. A pre-Brexit prize, if ever there was one.
3&18/12/16: City hold further family fun days at CFA before games. Outdoor fan zone in Abu Dhabi for Chelsea clash.
2016: World Rugby U20's Championship to be held at CFA Academy Stadium
2016: Beswick community hub Inst.of Health & Performance to open.
2016/17 season: Seasoncard prices frozen. All domestic cups capped at a maximum of £25 until the quarter-final stages.
2016/17 season: Manchester City has the fifth-highest revenue in football, at €527.7 million. Forbes magazine ranks it as the world's fifth-most valuable football club, worth US$2.08 billion.
2016/17: City sign Kieran "Kez" Brown for their eSports ventures.
5/4/2017: CFG acquired Club Atlético Torque, a club in Montevideo currently playing in the Uruguayan Primera División.
Summer 2017: Beswick community hub will be complete with the final office and retail developments to open.
23/8/2017: City Football Group acquired 44.3% of La Liga side Girona.
1/11/2017: Sergio Aguero sets club goalscorer record, previously held by Eric Brook. Throughout the 2017/18 season, records were set frequently.
December 2017: Pep Guardiola became the first manager in Premier League history to be awarded four consecutive Manager of the Month awards.
2017: Phil Foden is named as BBC Young Sports Personality of The Year [a first appearance for a City player] as Kevin De Bruyne joins the UEFA Team of The Year [a first appearance for a City player]
25/2/2018: City lift the League Cup at Wembley.
5/4/2018: CFG invest in Uruguayan Club Atletico Torque and partner with Atletico Venezuela
15/4/2018: City confirmed as Champions of the Premier League.
2017/18: City have the club's most-ever named players in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year with 5 players featuring. Leroy Sane named as the PFA's Young Player of The Year [a first appearance for a City player since Peter Barnes in 1975/76].
2018/19: City Women reach Champions League semi-final
23/7/18: City join Bee In The City.
September 2018: City open Beijing partnership with Kaiwen Sports Academy. This is part of a ten year agreement. Government backed scheme too.
2019 to be confirmed: Phase 3 Etihad Stadium North Stand Expansion. The development of the North Stand is the intended final phase of the stadium’s expansion and planning permission has already been granted. If this phase is completed, there will be another 6,000 additional seats, taking the stadium’s capacity to approximately 61,000, making the Etihad the second largest stadium in the Premier League.
2019 TBC: Collar site development to begin?
2019/20: New kit provider?
There's so much more to follow. I wonder how we'll be in the seasons that come. There is so much potential. Every time something great happens, something better seems to follow.